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COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Another court action against cigarettes ban as DA leader questions 'bizarre' regulations

COVID-19 LIVE UPDATES | Another court action against cigarettes ban as DA leader questions 'bizarre' regulations

March 29 2020 - 09:49

BATSA to go to court to force removal ban on sale of tobacco products

British American Tobacco SA (BATSA) said on Friday it will start urgent legal proceedings to challenge government's decision to extend the ban on tobacco sales during level three of the lockdown.

It wants the prohibition on sales of tobacco products lifted "as a matter of urgency.”

The company said the government’s continued ban on legal tobacco sales is threatening the survival of the legal tobacco sector and the livelihoods it directly supports.

March 29 2020 - 09:27

John Steenhuisen questions 'bizarre' level 3 regulations - 'you can gather, but no haircut, or cigarettes?'

DA leader John Steenhuisen says the new lockdown regulations, which allow people to gather in religious settings while going to salons, beaches and smoking cigarettes continue to be prohibited, are “bizarre”.

The national coronavirus command council (NCCC) on Thursday announced new regulations which would apply to the eased lockdown on June 1.John Steenhuisen questions 'bizarre' level 3 regulations - 'you can...

March 29 2020 - 09:17

‘Social visits are absolutely not allowed under level 3’: Cele

No, you cannot visit your family under level 3 of the lockdown.

Police minister Bheki Cele was emphatic on Thursday - social visits are not allowed come June 1.

Speaking at a justice, crime prevention and security cluster briefing, he said that the regulations - which were gazetted later in the day - dictated which activities were allowed. And social visits were not among those.‘Social visits are absolutely not allowed under level 3’: Cele

March 29 2020 - 08:43

'We're running against time': Drug firms say Covid-19 vaccine may be ready by year end

Pharmaceutical company executives said Thursday that one or several Covid-19 vaccines could begin rolling out before 2021, but warned the challenges would be "daunting" as it was estimated that 15 billion doses would be needed to halt the pandemic.

Well over 100 labs around the world are scrambling to come up with a vaccine against the novel coronavirus, including 10 that have made it to the clinical trial stage.

"The hope of many people is that we will have a vaccine, hopefully several, by the end of this year," Pascal Soriot, head of AstraZeneca, told a virtual briefing.

-AFP'We're running against time': Drug firms say Covid-19 vaccine may be...

March 29 2020 - 08:32

Smokers get their fix from gutter stompies as black market bites

Co-operative governance and traditional affairs minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma believes the tobacco ban can help people stop smoking, but judging by smoking behaviour in East London, that is a pipe dream.

With cartons of black market cigarettes — even “cheapie” local brands — now selling for R1,100 and more, desperate smokers are looking for their fix wherever they can find it, reportsDispatchLIVE. And a lot of the time that is in the street or gutter.

March 29 2020 - 07:39

Covid-19: Some judges refuse to use their own computers during lockdown

Justice in lockdown is being hampered because some judges, who earn almost R2m a year, refuse to use their personal computers for “virtual hearings”.

This has emerged in a letter written by the chair of the General Council of the Bar, advocate Craig Watt-Pringle, to Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng and judge presidents in which he cites several issues in getting access to high courts.

While some courts are doing well under these difficult circumstances, he says, others are not, and there are huge disparities in how divisions are functioning.Covid-19: Some judges refuse to use their own computers during...

March 29 2020 - 07:19

Covid-19: What if you get sick? Advice on how to plan for it

As the coronavirus pandemic spreads, planning for the possibility of getting sick is worth taking seriously.

Professor Shabir Moosa, a family physician with the Johannesburg Health District and University of the Witwatersrand, says that while about 80% of people will get mild symptoms, it is important to plan in case there is a need for hospitalisation, and especially if one is living alone.Covid-19: What if you get sick? Advice on how to plan for it

March 29 2020 - 06:57

From back to school to reopening churches — five critical takeouts from Julius Malema's Covid-19 address

EFF leader Julius Malema on Thursday delivered a virtual address from the party's headquarters in Johannesburg on the government's response to Covid-19 and the national lockdown.

Here are five takeouts from his address:From back to school to reopening churches — five critical takeouts...

March 29 2020 - 06:54

Jackson Mthembu hints that tobacco ban could be lifted under Level 2 lockdown

Smokers might have to wait a little longer before the ban on the sale of tobacco products, including cigarettes, is lifted.

This after minister in the presidency Jackson Mthembu hinted that the ban on tobacco will likely be lifted at Level 2 of the lockdown.

Mthembutold EWNon Thursday that he did not see the ban continuing past Level 3.Jackson Mthembu hints that tobacco ban could be lifted under Level 2...

March 29 2020 - 00:32

SA's Covid-19 cases and deaths rise as department admits to testing backlogs

For the second day in a row, the number of new Covid-19 cases increased by significantly more than 1,000 - taking the national tally to 27,403 (up from 25,935 on Wednesday).

There was also another significant jump in the number of Covid-19 related deaths, with 25 fatalities recorded in the last 24 hours. This means that 577 South Africans have now died from the respiratory illness caused by the coronavirus.

Health minister Dr Zweli Mkhize admitted in a statement issued shortly after midnight that SA was suffering from a backlog of tests.SA's Covid-19 cases and deaths rise as department admits to testing...